Marc Borgfield, 49, was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Fullerton the night of August 18, 2014.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the fatal hit-and-run crash occurred in the 2600 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue.
Borgfield was in a wheelchair when a light-colored SUV or a pickup with a camper shell
struck him. The vehicle was headed west on Orangethorpe when Borgfield was struck.
Borgfield is not believed to have been in a designated crosswalk at the time. The report states that this is the third time Borgfield has been hit by a vehicle.
An earlier accident occurred in the same vicinity in March and another collision occurred in March 2008 in Buena Park. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Hazel Rios at 714-738-6812. The investigation is ongoing.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of Marc Borgfield for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Fullerton Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 56 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Fullerton.
Also, during the same year, five people died and 671 were injured due to traffic collisions citywide, the report shows.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Based on this news report, officials say that Borgfield was not in a designated crosswalk at the time. However, California law requires all drivers to stop and remain at the scene of an accident, regardless of whose fault the accident was.
In this case, we do not yet know what caused the accident or who had the right-of-way. That investigation is still ongoing. Under California law, those who are in wheelchairs are considered pedestrians. In this case, the driver struck the pedestrian in the wheelchair and took off without even stopping to help. Appalling!
We certainly hope that this driver is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this incident, please visit our Hit-and-Run Reward program website at hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Families of deceased crash victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to advise families about how the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the hit-and-run driver has not been found or where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.